Liverpool wing wizard target Shaun Wright-Phillips has been given permission to leave Manchester City.
The England international has been linked with an Anfield move for several months now, and the latest developments could set new Liverpool chief Kenny Dalglish into action with regards to a move for the player.
Wright-Phillips has been on the periphery at Eastlands following the arrival of Roberto Mancini, and the Italian confirmed today that the 29-year-old will be allowed to leave the club, opening the door to Liverpool.
Originally a product of the Nottingham Forest youth team, Wright-Phillips first joined City as a teenager in 1998 but moved to Chelsea for £21 million in 2005.
His stint at Stamford Bridge was littered with substitute appearances, and the player struggled to hold down a first team place with Chelsea under Jose Mourinho.
Liverpool were first linked with the player during his time with the Blues, but Wright-Phillips returned to the Citizens in 2008 under Mark Hughes.
The manager's exit saw a decline in playing time for the 36 cap international, and it appears his time at the club is up once again.
"Shaun is the same situation like Wayne [Bridge], but we must wait. Shaun has two or three options. Every player wants to play. I understand that. But it is difficult for me. It is the same situation for Roque and Shaun Wright-Phillips," Mancini said in his press conference earlier today.
Reports in the British media linked Liverpool with a move for the player less than a week ago, and the departure of Roy Hodgson is not thought to have impacted the Merseyside outfit's interest in the player.
The former Chelsea flyer is also thought to be wanted by Fulham, but the Anfield outfit's desire to add a creative spark means Liverpool are thought to be favourites in the race to land the £4 million rated player.